Friday, January 19, 2018

Saturday #Review - The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost #Paranormal

Series: Broken Destiny # 3
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Library
Genre: Romance / Paranormal

New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost delivers the thrilling finale in the Broken Destiny trilogy, as Ivy and Adrian find themselves fighting their doomed destiny while they struggle to save the world…
You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide?...
Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave?there's probably no coming back from this one. 
Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they've endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they'll face?...

The Brightest Embers is the third and final installment in author Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny series. As the story opens, Ivy Jenkins and her husband Adrian are attempting to find the third and final hallowed weapon that will not only save the thousands of innocent humans trapped in the demon realm, but to do so before any other demon, including Demetrius, can get to it first, and therefore turn it into a weapon that could unleash hell on earth. 

Ivy, of course, knows that if she does find the spearhead of Longinus, she will likely die. As the last descendant of King David, she already has the slingshot of David, and the staff of Moses tattooed on her body. Previously, Ivy used the staff to close the gateways between the demon and human realms leaving a bunch of humans stuck in demon realm. Ivy has been hardened by grief, (the loss of her parents), betrayal, and the destiny that has been laid out in front of her. But, above all, her emotions in this story are all over the place.

Ivy and Adrian's adventure to find the final hallowed weapon is filled with lots and lots of traveling. This is a good way to learn about new and different places, including the Ice Hotel, which I would love to see one day. As a married couple, Ivy and Adrian have more than a few unnecessary arguments. Arguments that could have easily been resolved had the trust between the two not been continually tested. There is so much angst in this story, that took away from the search for the Spearhead, & that led me to lowering my rating for this review. 

The refusal by Adrian, who is half demon, to answer Ivy's simple questions truthfully, also got under my skin. Even when he does tell certain things to Ivy, they aren't the entire facts that Ivy needs to make her choices on her own. When you have to rely on an untrustworthy demon to tell you what's up and what's down, there is a problem. The other reason for my rating, is the abrupt, and I do mean abrupt way that the author chooses to end her story and her series. However, there were things that I did appreciate.

Questions about Ivy's biological mother was answered in a strange way, but actually pretty interesting. I can see why Ivy has turned into such a badass over the course of this series. The identity of Zach, no spoilers, was also pretty cool. But, the fact that the author could have used him a whole lot more, was disappointing, especially with the whole world being at stake. I loved Costa, but I think Jasmine could have taken a chill pill or just disappeared. And lastly, the author does something very curious which, again, I shall not spoil. Trust me, there are other places to get what happens to Ivy but this isn't one of those places. We are told we all have free will. Ivy's free will puts herself in danger time and time again and perhaps it wasn't necessary to so with Adrian, Costa, and her best Gargoyle forever Brutus alongside to help. 

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